Films to Remember: Fifth annual film fest presents fresh stories on incarceration

The Nichi Bei Foundation presented its fifth annual Films of Remembrance program Feb. 20 at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. The one-day film festival hosted a full day of programming portraying the lives of Japanese Americans across the United States in a period of time spanning some 80 years, from pre-war Japanese […]

Bay Area artist, peace activist Suzuki dies at 95

BERKELEY — Noted artist and peace activist Iwao Lewis Suzuki passed away on Jan. 24, 2016 at the age of 95. An important figure in the watercolor movement known as the “California Style,” Suzuki once said, “I feel that art has a place in enriching the life of humanity … Through my art, I try […]

Digital exhibit to tell Nisei veterans’ stories

The stories of the World War II Nisei soldiers, including heroes like Kazuo Masuda, Takejiro Higa and the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, will be highlighted in the upcoming Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition, which the National Veterans Network in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will develop, a statement issued by these entities said. […]

World War II MIS veterans hold ‘touching’ reunion after 67 years

After World War II ended in 1945, the Military Intelligence Service soldiers played a vital role in aiding Japan’s reconstruction, connecting Gen. Douglas Macarthur to the Japanese people though their language interpretation. Like other military groups, these Nisei men formed strong, unforgettable friendships during their service. However, when it was time to return home, most […]

Roy Matsumoto, of Merrill’s Marauders fame, dies at 100

“Ranger” Roy Matsumoto, a Nisei recognized for his military heroics with Merrill’s Marauders, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his San Juan Island, Wash. home on the morning of April 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. His passing came less than two weeks short of his 101st birthday. “We are all very sad, […]

Honoring the once-silenced MIS veterans

Just one month before the United States and Japan formally declared war on each other, in November of 1941, the U.S. Army secretly enlisted Japanese American soldiers and trained them as military linguists. The Military Intelligence Service soldiers studied at the Presidio in San Francisco and at Camp Savage and Fort Snelling in Minnesota, before […]

MIS veterans recall wartime hysteria and their military exploits

Several veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service spoke about their wartime experiences on the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor at the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center at the Presidio of San Francisco. The veterans, aged 88 to 92, spoke at the learning center Dec. 7 about their life from […]

The M.I.S.: We looked like the enemy, but we were Americans at heart

By MAJOR GEN. (Retired) ARTHUR ISHIMOTO (Editor’s Note: The following was the keynote presentation at the Nov. 11 opening of the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center.) I was a member of the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. This building has a connection to all of us who served in the MIS. We […]

Nisei veterans recognized at opening of MIS Historic Learning Center

With the cutting of a red, white and blue ribbon, the National Japanese American Historical Society reached a major milestone 20 years in the making. The Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center officially opened its doors to the public Nov. 11 on Veteran’s Day. Building 640, located next to Crissy Field in San Francisco’s Presidio, […]

A reflection on heroism

Twice Heroes: America’s Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea Written and photographed by Tom Graves. (San Francisco: Nassau & Witherspoon, 2013, 182 pp., $45, hardcover) Tom Graves’ photobook is the product of an impressive labor of love. Graves, a San Francisco-based writer and photographer, spent 10 years collecting photos and stories of the Nisei contingent […]

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